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tr.v. ap·pro·bat·ed, ap·pro·bat·ing, ap·pro·bates
To sanction officially; authorize.

[Middle English approbaten, from Latin approbāre, approbāt-, to approve; see approve.]

ap′pro·ba′tive, ap·pro′ba·to′ry (ə-prō′bə-tôr′ē) adj.
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Adj.1.approbative - expressing or manifesting praise or approval; "approbative criticism"; "an affirmative nod"
favorable, favourable - encouraging or approving or pleasing; "a favorable reply"; "he received a favorable rating"; "listened with a favorable ear"; "made a favorable impression"
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The Urdu Department printed an Urdu version of Sa'di's Gulistan [done by Mir Shar Ali 'Afsos'].14 Dr Gilchrist produced 16 Urdu works during his short tenure with the college.15 His efforts at the development and promotion of Urdu are of great value and scholars in Pakistan speak approbatively of his achievements.
Rather than seeing our situation as irrecuperably deterministic, though, I would advocate that we recuperate the affirmative sense of being a professional, as when we say, approbatively, "he's a professional," or "that's not professional."(20) For instance, the behavior of the senior professor in my colleague's anecdote might be castigated as unprofessional.